My last week was primarily involved in screening about 150 resumes that we recieved as part of an employee referral drive.
- When you give your contact email in a resume, please don't provide email ids like firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. An email is also a way to get your personality across, and ids like these do not potray a very professional image. If necessary make a mail id specifically for organizations to get in touch with you, but do not call it firstname.lastname@example.org ;-)) ! A name with a number (in case you don't get a mail id with your exact name) would do very well.
- It is not necessary to have a "hobbies" section in a resume. For fresh graduates however, it can be an important way to get your skills and abilities across. However, and I can't stress this enough, "hanging out" and "watching movies" do not classify as hobbies, not even if you are applying for the job of a movie critic. A hobby should be given on a resume if it adds to your overall employability (and that holds true for all the words you put into your resume!)
- If you change your mobile number, please update the resume with the details. Provide at least one contact number where any message can be left to be passed on to you.
I learnt a lot in the process too.
- Sometimes resumes that read great are not so great on the phone.
- Sometimes information on the resume is not enough to prepare you to getting a good candidate.
- It's tough to say no to an overqualified candidate even if he/she is willing to take a cut and work just because she/he has been unemployed for a while.